Rice answers critics

  • by Staff Writer
  • Wednesday, 11th September 2019

Declan Rice enjoyed the overwhelming support of most West Ham and England fans after responding to his critics following last night's match against Kosovo.

The 20-year-old Hammer made a mistake which led to one of Kosovo's three goals when conceding possession cheaply - although he also played a major role in one of England's five first half goals.

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Still, that wasn't enough to prevent some of social media's finest once again digging out the young Hammer - who responded superbly to one such individual who had criticised Rice from behind the comfort of his keyboard.

Replying to the individual - who wrote: "Little tip mate, don't pass the ball to the opposition," - Rice said: "We all make mistakes. Part and parcel of the game. I will learn from it and improve."

The defensive midfielder's comment has since received nearly 14,000 likes, with more than 300 comments in his defence being posting on the thread in question.


England maintained their 100 per cent record in their Euro 2020 qualifying group as a result of the victory, which arrived courtesy of goals from Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane, Jadon Sancho (2) and an own goal by Mergim Vojvoda.

Surprise package Kosovo, who took the lead inside the opening minute through Valon Berisha gave Gareth Southgate's side something of a scare by scoring twice more in the 49th and 55th minute (Berisha and Vedat Muriqi) to reduce England's 5-1 half time advantage to 5-3.

However Rice and his team mates stood firm to hang on to their lead - which would've been even greater had Tottenham's Harry Kane not missed a 65th minute penalty - and retain their three point advantage at the top of Group A.

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